Entry into Latvia

15.06.2020. 14:02

Emergency situation in Latvia, which was declared with a view to restrict the spread of COVID-19, has been lifted, but travel restrictions remain in force. The movement of persons and vehicles through airport, port, railway and road border crossing points on external borders of European Union to and from countries with significant Covid-19 morbidity rates is prohibited.  Visa issuance at the embassies is limited to family members of Latvian nationals (spouses, children under 21, persons under guardianship or trusteeship), foreign nationals permanently residing in Latvia, goods and freight carriers, crew of passenger transportation, seaman on their way to or returning from the ship,  diplomats working in Latvia , persons travelling with professional purpose to fulfil the obligations of Latvian commercial institutions and who have a confirmation from Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, as well as persons travelling for humanitarian reasons. In order to schedule an appointment please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Citizens of third countries who are residents of the United Kingdom and would like to travel to Latvia can apply for Schengen visa at the Embassy of Latvia in London. The Embassy of Latvia has appointed VF Services (UK) Limited in London, Manchester and Edinburgh to provide document collection and submission service for Schengen visa applicants traveling to Latvia. Visa applications are to be submitted in the visa application centres, from where they will be sent to the Embassy of Latvia in London for their further assessment. Additional information is avaliable here: Apply for VISA to Latvia.

Visa applications can be submitted no more than six months before intended visit and no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.

Appointments for Schengen visa applicants can scheduled at The Joint Visa Application Centres for the Latvia.


IMPORTANT: All visa applicants aged 12 years and over must apply for Schengen visa in person in order to have fingerprints taken.

The service focuses on delivering visas within a short time (10 days calculated from the date the Embassy receives the application). Please notethat all applications are processed individually. The Visa Officer may request further documentation or information, which can prolong the processing time. In certain cases it may take up to 45 days when additional documents are requested or an interview at the Embassy is scheduled.

For the following nationals the visa processing time takes a minimum of 10 working days: Please see list.

All fees paid for processing a visa application is non-refundable. Any documents submitted (except passport) are not a matter of return after application is made.

If you want to visit Latvia, apply for a visa at the Embassy of Latvia. If you want to visit other Schengen country, apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of that country.

If you want to visit several Schengen countries, or if several separate visits are to be carried out within a period of two months, apply at the Embassy or Consulate of the country of your main destination or the country where you intend to stay for the longest period of time.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, but do not have a main destination, you should apply at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country of your first entry.

Note - holders of the following types of UK travel documents are required to apply for a Schengen visa in order to travel to Latvia:

  • A stateless persons travel document, being red coloured (convention of 28 September 1954)
  • A certificate of travel, also called a certificate of identity, being either brown or black coloured. LTD visa
  • A convention travel document, being blue coloured (convention of 28 July 1951)


In an emergency, such as the death or serious illness of a relative, please contact the Embassy for further information.

When you travel to Latvia Schengen visa should be in your valid passport. Old passport with a valid Schengen visa can be used for travel if a new passport has been issued because there were not sufficiently many free pages for visas and notes on border-crossing in the previous passport.

Holders of Schengen visa are still subject to immigration controls and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries.

Documents required when applying for a short-stay visa to enter Latvia

Documents required for a visa applications of a family member of EU/EEA national

Airport transit visa

Visa application fees at the Embassy of Latvia in UK

Residence permits